the javelina hunt

JAVELINA HUNT DETAILS


*THIS IS A DRAW, ALL APPLICATION INFORMATION MUST BE TURNED IN BY SECOND TUESDAY IN OCTOBER* 


Dates: Archery season January 1-23, Youth Only January 24-February 3, Handgun-Archery-Muzzleoader February 4-20, Rifle February 1-26.

 (Dates are approximate and may change)


Accommodations: Travel to and from Phoenix intl airport, or drive to the hunt location. canvas wall tents, camp shower, and camp bathroom are included. 3 great meal a day and unlimited snacks and beverages. All travel, food, and lodging are provided from your point of arrival here in AZ to hunt camp etc is provided, food, trophy/meat preparation, delivery of meat to processor. 

Tags and license are not provided-Javelina tag:$115 License:$160


Hunt: 3 day hunt, expect to see and/or stalk on mature Javelina several times if needed on your hunt. This hunt is provided on atv/off-road vehicle/on foot. A typical day includes getting to a glassing point and glassing all morning and then stalking the  Javelina throughout the day. The hunter should expect a shot in the 10-150+yd range up to their comfortable limit and the weapon they are using. The weather will be mild, chilly in the morning and sunny mid-day. The hunter to guide ratio is 1:1 in the this hunting camp unless otherwise requested...every hunter gets the best chance at a trophy and often times there will be two guides helping out the hunter. This hunt is usually joined as a predator combo hunt at no charge if the hunter is interested in doing so.

Terrain: Arizona can be some tough country in spots and very mild in others. Generally the elk hunts are in very walkable/huntable areas for all hunters. hunters should be able to hike 2-5 miles a day with 500-1500ft in elevation change. We do offer horseback options for hunters that need an extra pair of legs. 

Food: We eat great in camp, depending on camp size there may be a full-time camp cook for smaller camps the guides take care of the cooking. Breakfast is gourmet coffee/tea, breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwiches, bacon, eggs, pancakes, and leftover steak and eggs. Lunch is sandwiches, granola, candy, trail mix, chips, gatorade lunch meats/cheeses. Dinner is salad, appetizers, and everything from shrimp scampi, carne asada tacos, chicken fried pork chops and gravy, ribeye steaks...dinner is always great!

Scouting: Hunters should expect updates prior to their hunt in the form of pics/videos of bulls in their area that we have located and keeping up with. 

Weather: early hunts can get up to 90 degrees while the later hunts can get down to 0 degrees. We will send a list go gear and epexted weather for the hunt and unit expectations. 

Access: Hunt areas are accessed by 4x4 vehicles, trucks and side-by-side ATV's. For certain hunts horseback is preferred and/or optional.

Wounded Animal Policy: There is no law in AZ for wounding animals. This is an ethical decision made by our guides. In general if an animal has been wounded in a way that is apparently lethal, the the hunt is over over until the animal is found or the tag is expired. In the end it is up to the guide and outfitter's discretion as we have the ethical responsibility to lethal-wounded wildlife. 

Private/Public Land: We hunt primarily on public land which AZ is primarily public land, in the form of state, federal and national forest. AZ offers no land-owner tags. We do hunt portions on private land and exclusive access to public land via private land entrance.

Tactics: We scout with game camera, glassing, digiscoping, and being in the hunting area year-round. We know where the animals live, eat, bed, water and escape to, and we use this to locate the best animals for our clients.

hunt packages


WADE'S CROSSBOW JAVELINA

Video

TYLER'S 1ST ARCHERY JAVELINA

the javelina history

BIOLOGICAL BACKGROUND

Species information...Javelina are not pigs!

The collared peccary, or javelina, came from South America and migrated north, only recently arriving in Arizona. Javelina bones are not found in Arizona archaeological sites and early settlers made infrequent references to their occurrence. It's possible that the peccary spread simultaneously with the replacement of Arizona's native grasslands by scrub and cactus. The collared peccary has one of the greatest latitudinal ranges of any New World game animal, occurring from Arizona to Argentina. The range of the peccary is still expanding, primarily northwestward. In the United States, the collared peccary only occurs in Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico.

Life History

Adult javelina generally weigh 35 to 60 lbs, the male being slightly heavier than the female. New born javelina weigh about one pound. They are tan to brownish in color with a reddish dorsal stripe. They acquire adult coloration at three months. The salt and pepper appearance of adults is due to whitish bands on the black hairs. These hairs are up to six inches long, with the mane being blackest, longest, and erectile. In the winter, the coat is very dense and dark and the "collar" is visible. In summer, the javelina sheds hair. The shorter hairs are lighter and the collar frequently is not visible.

Javelina continue to grow until they reach adult height in about 10 months. At this age, the javelina are sexually mature. Being of tropical origin, peccaries are capable of breeding throughout the year, the only wild ungulate in the western hemisphere with a year long breeding season. This long breeding season, early maturity, and the ability to have two litters in one year gives them the greatest reproductive potential of North American big game.

Breeding peaks in January, February, and March. After a 145-day gestation period, most births occur in June, July, and August. This peak corresponds with the maximum rainfall period. Two is the most common number of young. Unlike other animals, the javelina does not lick the offspring at birth, but rolls or tumbles it. The young are precocial, following their mothers shortly after birth and are usually weaned at six weeks.

While javelina have lived to 24 years in captivity, the average life span is closer to seven or eight. Predation on javelina is common from mountain lions and bobcats. Coyotes and golden eagles are effective predators of juvenile javelina.

Since javelina are found in so many habitats, its natural that their foods should vary. Javelina are opportunistic feeders eating flowers, fruits, nuts, berries, bulbs, and most succulent plants. Prickly pear cactus makes up the major portion of their diet.


Behavior

Javelina are herd animals with herd sizes averaging 8 to 9 animals. Territories are set up using droppings and the dorsal scent gland to mark these areas. Aggressive displays will be made to intruding javelina. Territory size varies with the productivity of the habitat, but averages about 750 acres.

Summary

Breeding Period: Year Round
Young Appear: Year Round
Average Number of Young: 2
Distribution: 1K-6K ft,mostly south of Mogollon Rim 
Habitat: Desert, chaparral, and oak-grasslands
Food Preference: Cacti, insects, fruits, and seeds in season Range: 4 sq. miles Live Weight: M-65lbs.; F-50lbs.Predators: Coyote and mountain lion.

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